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by Branko Ivanda


This biographical film is based on the true story of Lea Deutch and Darija Gasteiger, the leading performers in the smash-hit show The Children’s Realm at the Croatian National Theatre during WWII. Lea, nicknamed ‘the Croatian Shirley Temple’ is an immensely popular and talented actress and dancer. Her chief rival is the theatre’s other big rising star, Darija. Lea is Jewish, while Darija is of German descent. The war separates their destinies forever. One girl’s story ends in a wagon to Auschwitz. The other girl survives thanks to a refugee wagon to Vienna.

international title: Lea and Darija
original title: Lea i Darija
country: Croatia, Slovenia
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Branko Ivanda
film run: 101'
release date: HR 29/01/2012, CZ 31/07/2014
screenplay: Branko Ivanda
cast: Klara Naka, Tamy Zajec, Zrinka Cvitešić, Sebastijan Cavazza, Linda Begonja, Vedran Živolić, Ana Vilenica, Radovan Ruždjak, Branko Zavrsan
cinematography by: Mirko Pivčević
film editing: Marin Juranic
art director: Ivo Husnjak
costumes designer: Barbara Bourek
music: Alfi Kabiljo
producer: Lidija Ivanda
production: Ars Septima, Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT)
backing: Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Zagreb film/Croatia, Pakt Media, ArtRebel9/Slovenia
distributor: Film Europe, Film Europe s.r.o.
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